Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Hybrid Powertrain Program: Electric, Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Research

Dr. Rong Yang

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Short Biography

Rong-Yang_1_200x250Rong Yang received her B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Xi’an Jiaotong University, China, in 2010 and 2012, respectively. From July 2010 to August 2010, Miss Yang interned in Shenji Group Kunming Machine Tool Company Limited, China. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering at the McMaster Institute for Automotive Research and Technology (MacAUTO), Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Her research areas focus on interior permanent magnet motor design, processing and manufacturing.

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Rong-Yang_3_250x450When she hears the quote, “You can only go as far as you can see,” Rong understands that to achieve her life’s goal, which is to improve the way she lives, she must first expand her horizons. Even if she faces difficulties along the way, Rong knows that she should adhere to her life’s mission and continue to pursue her passion for the unknown. Rong strongly believes that, to be an outstanding researcher in engineering, it is necessary to realize her career objectives and make contributions to society.

While in China, the cooperation between enterprises such as BYD Company Limited, Shenji Group Kunming Machine Tool Company Limited, Qinchuan Machine Tool Group Company Limited, and her mentor’s lab, allowed Rong to become aware of various challenges facing the industry. According to Rong, further work is needed within research institutes and, at the same time, in an environment that simulates industrial realities. Rong’s one-month internship at Chery Automobile Company, the largest independent brand of automobile enterprises in China, helped her realize the importance of applied engineering. She believes that research in the field of hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and IPM motor design will help her learn more about industry practice and gain knowledge and experience, both in research and application.

Joining the McMaster Institute for Automotive Research and Technology (MacAUTO) and becoming a member of the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Hybrid Powertrain Program has been propelling her closer to her goals. She is glad that the current research has provided her with both the opportunity to access the field of motors and HEVs, as well as link her to her background in manufacturing. With any luck, her research results can be applied in actual products and she will eventually be able to drive a hybrid car that has an IPM motor designed by her and her colleagues.

In her daily life, Rong has the same interests as most girls, which include activities such as shopping, watching movies, and reading fiction novels. Not only that, but she has become an avid online shopper. Rong likes her life in Canada because it is quiet and she finds that there are many friendly people here. In order to have a healthy and joyful life in Canada, nutrition and exercise have been her magic weapons. Delicious food and suitable sporting activities, like swimming, badminton, and running, make her energetic and help her to concentrate harder on her research. Rong is optimistic and confident about her research, and for her, “It is the road I chose by myself, and I like it. No matter what I face in the future, I can overcome it in the end.” Her future plan is to be a professor. She loves teaching and enjoys the process of sharing her knowledge with students. For now, Rong has the opportunity to practice her teaching skills while working as a TA at McMaster University, and she has been enjoying the learning process.